The New Monarchs decided to take a deliberate step into a heavier realm of electronic rock as they began constructing their second full length album, Stay Awake. Singer-guitarist Sean Hogan and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Nelson (also of trip-hop duo Wiping out Thousands) were both in a state of reincarnation, both growing in song craft and direction. The duo teamed up with Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis to co-produce the album, providing a broader palate and glossier finish than previous releases.
The album opens with eerie guitars and droning keyboards before seeping into an onslaught of industrial power. Stay Awake reconciles heartbreak with the shame resulting from hangovers and translucent lovers and converts them into a sense of stability.
|Members||Sean Hogan & Taylor Nelson|
|Current Label||Soup Bowl Records|
|General Manager||Ryan Jaroscak · firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Press Contact||Ryan Jaroscak · email@example.com|
|Booking Agent||Ryan Jaroscak · firstname.lastname@example.org|
|11 . 05 . 11||Downtown Minneapolis||Hell's Kitchen||Ghostmouth & Youth At Large||21+, $5 - At the Door|
|11 . 18 . 11||Minneapolis||Nick & Eddie||Ghostmouth & Aaron & the Sea||21+, $5 - At the Door|
|11 . 29 . 11||NE Minneapolis||Honey||MFR New Music Tuesday||21+, $5 - At the Door|
|01 . 04 . 12||Minneapolis||Nick & Eddie||w/ Marijuana Deathsquads||18+, $5 - At the Door|
|01 . 07 . 12||Uptown Minneapolis||Cause Spirits & Soundbar||Repeating Equation Digital Release Party w/ Aaron & The Sea, Ghost in the Water, and Sex Burger||21+, $5 - At the Door|
|01 . 14 . 12||Downtown Minneapolis||7th Street Entry||I, Colossus CD Release Show w/ Tiger VS. and Sex Burger||21+, $5 - At the Door|
|02 . 04 . 12||Minneapolis||Nick & Eddie||w/ Katie Morley, Portage, and Hot Freaks||21+, $5 - At the Door|
|02 . 25 . 12||Downtown St. Paul||Amsterdam Bar & Hall||w/ Askeleton and Aaron & the Sea||21+, No Cover|
|03 . 25 . 12||Minneapolis||7th Street Entry||w/ Mansions on the Moon||18+, $10 - At the Door|